Things to do in London this half-term

Half-term holidays are a mix of juggling child care, activities and regular work so make the most of them this year by spending some time with the kids doing activities you’ve not done before. Here’s our top 10 activities to do during February half-term holidays that you might not have done before.

The view from The Shard

The Shard is almost twice as high as any other vantage point in the city, what better way to test your kids’ fear of heights and keep them entertained! The view from 800ft above the city offers spectacular views over London for up to 40 miles. You’ll experience the fun of high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts, multiple viewing platforms to keep little minds interested and with a multitude of boutiques and restaurants throughout the building, you’ll have everything you need for an unforgettable day out plus up to two kids go free with a paying adult.

Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum is packed full of British cartoons, caricatures, comic strips and animations. Featuring over 5000 books and 4000 comics, this museum provides a full day of entertainment for little ones. Throughout half-term holidays, workshops are available including animation, character creation and storytelling. Places must be pre-booked so visit the website to find out more. If you can’t make these, private workshops are also available.

Visit a city farm

Living in the city doesn’t mean your kids should miss out on learning about rural life. City farms are becoming more popular, especially amongst families living in the city. Head down to say hello to farmyard animals, explore petting zoos, children’s play areas and farm shops. Our closest are Spitalfields City Farm or Stepney City Farm, but there are lots spread across the boroughs.

V&A Museum of Childhood

Full of exhibitions, displays, activities, events and collections, The Museum of Childhood is as interesting for anecdotal adults as children. With objects ranging in date from 1600s to the present day, you can help your children explore how different children might have lived, thought and felt through the objects they were surrounded by throughout their childhood. Visit the website for daily event information and workshops.

Michael Rosen’s bear hunt, chocolate cake and bad things

Much loved children’s author, Michael Rosen, brings an interactive family exhibitions revealing his inspirations as a young writer. Check out the bear hunt with small children, or take older ones on a mission to find facts and inspiration for their own poems to write and take home. This event is running at Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford until Sunday 10 April 2016 so the ideal half-term or Easter break day out.